Miniature orchestra printed in 3D

Tiny ensemble created by state-of-the-art technology

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The world’s first 3D-printed violin was created this year. So it could only be a matter of time before someone went a few steps further and printed a whole orchestra.

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Now it’s been done, with a twist.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona has unveiled a 3D-printed orchestra – in miniature.

To create the 1/12-scale ensemble, MIM sent musicians in London to a 3D-printing studio where they were photographed with their instruments from all angles.

These pictures were turned into a digital template from which the full-colour plaster-of-Paris figurines were printed.

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The miniature orchestra is on display at the museum to give a potted guide to the orchestra, complete with audio clips.